Then & Now: Andrew Buckles, College Transfer Student

The last time we talked to Andrew Buckles was 2008 – six years ago. He had just graduated from Forsyth Tech after having served as Student Government Association president, and was heading off to UNC-Chapel Hill.

We were curious to see where life had taken him, so we got in touch to get an update.

It turns out Andrew’s career has taken him clear across the country to Seattle, Washington. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, Andrew joined an international commercial printing company where he is an Associate in their Leadership Development Program. “The program has afforded me the opportunity to transfer between several roles across the country,” he tells us. “After technology training in Houston and account management training in Minnesota, I have landed in the Seattle area supporting our sales team and becoming increasingly more involved with the development and execution of our marketing strategy.” It’s a demanding job, but he says his days at Forsyth Tech helped prepare him for it. “The foundation of the analytical and communication skills necessary for this role started at Forsyth Tech,” he says. “As the print industry faces challenges with the growing

utilization of digital media, companies need individuals who are organized, ambitious, and have a desire to lead and own change. My first taste of that was right in Winston-Salem, managing the orchestration of school sponsored activities at Forsyth Tech.

He says the education he received at Forsyth Tech also prepared him for the rigors of academics at UNC-Chapel Hill. “There are great instructors at Forsyth Tech and they know what it takes for you to succeed at the next level,” he says. “The mathematics work that led up to my transfer was reiterated in several instances in Chapel Hill as I pursued Business studies, so I advise everyone planning to transfer to take mastery of your academic work seriously while at Forsyth Tech.” He also advises transfer students to be prepared for a totally different type of social atmosphere at a four-year school. “Interact with people different from yourself while you’re at Forsyth Tech,” he says, “because the cultural differences once at a university are amplified exponentially.”

Looking back on his days at Forsyth Tech, Andrew tells us that “the best part of the college was the people – the Student Services staff and class instructors. I worked hard and they got behind me. I owe a debt of gratitude to them.”